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Architectural Design Studio 3 (ARCH 382) Spring 2019: Interactive Performances: Fostering Community at PCC Cascade
Architectural Design Studio 3 (ARCH 382) Spring 2019: Interactive Performances: Fostering Community at PCC Cascade

This studio is interested in the many ways that institutions intersect with and contribute to the urban communities in which they are embedded. The project is located in Northeast Portland in an area that has received significant attention for its role in minority cultural production and displacement.
New buildings such at PCC’s Cascade Hall and the Cascade Terrace Apartments (recently renovated into transitional housing by a team of designers, non-profit sponsors and the CPID) require a rethinking of the way each institution integrates into the existing neighborhood. Taking advantage of a unique political opportunity, the program will encompass a performance space, community center and health clinic on the north edge of the campus of Portland Community College’s Cascade campus.
The studio will operate with a strong awareness of the vulnerability of the population of Cascade Terrace and PCC’s new facilities plan – which demands that all new projects integrate the tenant of Critical Race Theory. To address this within design pedagogy, the studio will make use of play acting and narrative exercises derived from Theater of the Oppressed combined with the choreography and scoring techniques of radical landscape urbanists. We will use these as early methods of experimentation with different ways of charting relational qualities of space and experience which will eventually grow into sectional and urban design proposition and finally into building proposals.